Phew it’s been awhile again since I’ve been around these parts! Things have been a bit busy and a lot of bad news recently but slowly keeping on sewing!
Last month I’ve finished and sent my handpieced mini (yay a tick off the FAL Q3 list :) ) still waiting for it to be received..
And this is what I received isn’t it lovely?! Gorgeous colours, shapes and reminds me in places of Blockbusters. Just need find the perfect spot for it!
I also made it up to the Midlands for Festival of Quilts more on that soon!
Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend :)
Posted by quirkyhannah on August 15, 2015
Morning! Just give me a minute to dust away the cobwebs it’s been a while since I’ve been around here for various reasons…. but I’m back :) And ready to commit some goals to the third round of the Finish A Long (I can’t believe we’re that far into the year!)
Last time I did finish some bits but forgot to link up again (duh). Since coming back from our mini break to Wiltshire to my nice newly organised sewing space (more details on those things later in the week) I’ve been doing a lot of sewing yay. So my goals…..
1. Handpieced Mini Swap from IG.
2. Summer Baskets Mini Quilt for me :) In some of my hoarded Denyse Schmidt fabrics
3-4. Lori Holt Mini Swap from IG and a Farm Girl Vintage Tablerunner
5. Bunting for my nephew’s First Birthday. Two lots as my sister wants Happy First Birthday Oliver. Figured if the Oliver was separate be easier to keep and up in his room! 6. I’ve cut some of this already but I really want to get his one pieced by the end of the summer!
7-9. Three child sized quilts… one sea themed, another Hazel the Hedgehog and the third… you’ve already seen some of it :) A starry Irish Chain.
I have a lot of other things I want to get done but not going to add them to the list for if they happen, they happen! Linking up with….
Now it’s back to the very wet and windy weather perfect for going back to work tomorrow after some time off right?? Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Posted by quirkyhannah on July 12, 2015
So you might have remembered a few months ago Kylie (alittlereddress) and myself decided to host an Outlander Craft themed swap as we both loved the books. And after I managed to get it on Amazon Prime this month binged on the eps available so far (only two more left) I think I need the dvd in my life…..
For me this was a bit challenging but here is what I’ve come up with……
A 60s inspired “Sophia Bag” pattern by Emma Brennan in Harris Tweed and with a beautiful blue plaid lining, scrappy tweed needle book, an embroidered Jamie Fraser quote :) and what took the most time a paper pieced thistle. This thing is tiny measuring approx 8.5″ x 6.5″ it had 26 separate sections and some of those sections had over 20 pieces. Phew I’m getting tired just thinking about it now!
As this mini thistle incorporated a few scraps and the tweed was scraps kindly given to me by the amazing Victoria I think they qualify to link up to Scraptastic Tuesday :)
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 17, 2015
I’m quite excited think today is my first link up to Le Challenge something is actually finished in time!
Wednesday I toddled up to St Austell to spend the day chatting and crafting with a friend there. We each had one small project to try- Liz came up with a felt bauble (as seen in the background) super easy and addictive! Will show more when I completed some more….
Helen lent me her Cotton Floss book which has so many projects I want to try including this pin cushion. A couple of hours of choosing felt, embroidering, stitching and stuffing we both ended up with a toadstool :)
Even though we both used the same pattern our toadstools came out different sizes!
Linking up with Le Challenge for this month’s theme of “wood” where you can most often find these :)
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 15, 2015
So.. finally I’m posting about what I made and received in the UK Mini Swap hosted by Nina of Bossyoz over on Instagram.
I was more than nervous when I discovered my partner was none other than Nina herself! The pressure was on to get it right ;) I knew I wanted to do something with a nautical theme as being from Cornwall how could I not for someone who loves sailboats??
In the end I came up with something inspired by curves…
It was quite out of my comfort zone! With trying to make it random and appealing… but now I am most definitely in love with curves :) In case you’re wondering.. each curve square is 3″ finished.
I actually forgot to take a photo of my extras so nabbing this from Nina’s IG feed. I think she liked it :)
After postie watching what feels like forever my mini finally turned up a few days ago….. with a lovely fabric basket, box of buttons, some oakshot and 2.5″ squares.
Happy Sunday all! I think I might actually get to sew today.. how is everyone’s bank holiday plans going?
Posted by quirkyhannah on May 3, 2015
Happy wednesday! I am definitely enjoying these lighter evenings- combined with the machine last week it has had a definite effect on my productivity levels.
This little beauty (sneaky peek) was finished late last night- dedication for you staying up way past my bedtime til gone midnight to finish the binding. It’s not completely me… but I’ll go into that and show it off in it’s entirety once my partner has received it :)
In the meantime though….. a new nephew Zachary arrived in the wee hours of sunday morning. Prompting this….
I had promised a pram quilt so frantic pulling of various fabrics then a little while later I had this…
Now the next question is can I get this finished in time to gift on Friday and I have this pesky thing called “work” in the way too! Hey ho so tonight I’m piecing those triangles and rows together ready to baste and quilt on the morrow!
Linking up with Lee over at…
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 22, 2015
So it’s a little late for this post but hey ho. Got an amazing addition to show you this week!
Technically it’s not “stash” but something to use it up! Isn’t she gorgeous?
A Brother Innovis 350 SE and look a computerised screen..
I’m not ashamed to admit it took me bout half an hour to work out how to wind the bobbin, load bobbin and top thread (with aid of manual). One day I might actually preset a setting to remember where the needle goes for that pesky quarter inch.
She has loads of features including a knee lift (untried yet) but as I have a backlog of sewing to catch up on due to previous machine tantrums… it might be my week off next month til I get a proper play at all it can do.
Not to worry I did stash some amazing fabrics too (Darlene Zimmerman Oh Betty in the top and in the bottom a range of Denyse Schmidt, Flurry and a host of other designers) but now I neeeeeeeeeed to behave and use up some of what I have! One sneaky order this week and that’s it… as I want to get a craft lamp and a table so I can use my cutting mat upstairs near the machine…
Now to go enjoy some more of this sunshine :) Hope everyone has a lovely week! Linking up with Molli Sparkles.
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 20, 2015
So a few months ago I was encouraged to join in on the #kittenmqs2015 on Instagram. Since you can’t keep a wolf or a seal as a pet really cats are my favorites! Growing up there was always a cat (or four) around.
I was a little stumped over my partner as she didn’t really post much on Instagram in the end I chose a lovely cat block from the 500 Quilt Blocks book and made this……..
Given that my machine decided to constantly skip stitches I hand quilted around each cat and added buttons for eyes.
I even managed get hold of some lovely cat buttons and added it to one of my norm gifts these days the quilted basket! Along with some some fabric and treats for the kitties voila! It’s still travelling across the world…
Isn’t what I received sooooooo pretty? And in some 30s repros too.
Plus just look at the cheater on the back…..Now I just need to finish (umm start) my other swap commitments.
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 14, 2015
Well Q1 was dismal and even forgot to link up my one measly finish… here’s hoping to a better Q2! Especially since my new toy should be arriving end of next week :)
Some are these are carried on from the last quarter and this list is by no means definitive of what I have to do but I need a big kick to keep on track…
1. My mini for the Ukminiswap- due in a couple of weeks… I’ve been feeling a little intimidated by my partner so it’s taking me ages to decide what to do! Mixing up some daysail with curves….
2. A Pentagon ball made via english paper piecing for my nephew Louis.
3-7. I STILL have quilts for the little ones to do. The above is the backing for the youngest. The other quilts can be seen here and I have Hazel the Hedgehog all cut out too as a bonus one. Also adding in a pram quilt made out of triangles and boyish fabrics which must be finished soon… yes really!
8. An on the go project for a hexie baby quilt- recipient indetermined.But given that I have a lot of deadlines coming up for both the day job and sewing this is my way to relax. And it’s such pretty fabric! I just can’t decide on the next border for the hexie flowers…
9. These started out as tester blocks for when I was doing a curved project last month (more on that soon). I couldn’t stop however… just need to do some more blocks
10. Can you spot a theme already? With gritted teeth this is going to be a butterfly block (those who know me don’t fall off in shock as I really do not like these things…) but once you get an idea go with it right?? Destined to be a little one’s quilt. 11-12. Gifts in the making.. all cut and interfaced just needs sewing up complete with zips. I’m betting a couple of people can guess who these are for… especially since one has been hanging around since last year….
12. This is happening… my seal quilt in applique. I want to enter this in FOQ but it be great if it could be done at least a month in advance of the deadline…
Also on the list are………. minis for the Fairytaleswap, Sherlock Swap but I have no idea at present so won’t count those! Besides think I have enough to be getting on with right??
What is everyone else working on? Linking up with Adrianne.
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 12, 2015
It’s been annoying busy around these parts lately! Especially with car trouble which meant no car for about a week… and some secret sewing that can’t be shown yet :)
Anyway in general I’m happy with actually getting some sewing done. First up is my first sewtogether bag this year. I did three just before Christmas and had forgotten a couple of steps. This one is a birthday present for a friend and also a belated thank you present for putting me up a couple of nights last summer.
I hope she likes it! Was awfully tempted to keep it for myself! I included some other extras in it too :)
Stupidly I forgot to link up with the Finish A Long Q1 but I be back soon with my Q2 list and some other bits to show… plus I am SO looking forward to something that be arriving next week !
Posted by quirkyhannah on April 9, 2015